One of the world's foremost authorities on terrorism offers his take on current domestic challenges and on the latest developments in international terrorism, in Syria and other parts of the Middle East. What could and should the U.S. do to prevent further tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombing? How active are terrorist groups within the United States? What can both the government and citizens do to keep our country safe?
Gloria Duffy is President and CEO of The Commonwealth Club of California.
Gloria Duffy previously served as US Special Coordinator for Cooperative Threat Reduction and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Clinton Administration. Her mission was to convince the countries of the former Soviet Union to give up their weapons of mass destruction, and to prevent the spread of their nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and material.
In years prior, she was the first Executive Director of Ploughshares Fund, a public charitable grant making foundation in San Francisco; Assistant Director of the Arms Control Association, a public interest group in Washington, DC; editor of Arms Control Today, and a resident consultant at the RAND Corporation.
A San Francisco native, Dr. Duffy holds M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Columbia University in New York, and an A.B. magna cum laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles. Gloria has also worked with the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, and been a member of Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation since 1980.
Brian Michael Jenkins
Brian Jenkins is senior advisor to the president of the RAND Corporation. He founded the RAND Corporation's terrorism research program in 1972. Mr. Jenkins' books include "International Terrorism: A New Mode of Conflict" and "The Fall of South Vietnam."
Terrorism expert and leading advisor to Rand Brian Michael Jenkins argues that while we need a a public conversation about security and privacy, security must restrict some civil liberties for the greater good.